[The Last Gathering of Beats Poets and Artists, City Lights Books, North Beach, San Francisco, 1965″ – Photographed by Larry Keenan – (front row: Robert LaVigne, Shigeyoshi Murao, Larry Fagin, Leyland Meyezove (lying down), Lew Welch, Peter Orlovsky, second row: David Meltzer, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Langton, Steve (friend of Allen), Richard Brautigan, Gary Goodrow, Nemi Frost, back row:
Stella Levy, Lawrence Ferlinghetti]
New York, Paris, Manchester, England – Looking forward this summer to three big Beat extravaganzas. Taking them in order – June 3rd to 8th at the Howl Happening Space in New York City (and … Read More
[William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]Q: (Describe for me some of your important influences?)
AG: William Carlos Williams as a poet – partly because of his charm and his human eyes. He had a..he had a kindly sympathy for younger poets and an openness that came from partly from being, like, just a simple, straight, doctor man, and a desire to write a poetry that was completely his own diction, and his own rhythms, and his own speech, rather than a poetry which is a reflection of another culture … Read More
[The Sexual Freedom League, Stanford, 1969 – Photograph by Larry Keenan]Q: If somebody gave you the power to create a new sexual cult, what kind of cult would you create?
AG: I’d create one about me, so I could get laid… I haven’t been making out.. I haven’t been making out in about a year now! I’m getting old and tired and bored, you know! – I don’t know.. The other thing is… One thing I’ve been thinking is – it may be that all along the whole Catholic … Read More
[Allen holding an abbreviated version of his poem “Gone, Gone, Gone“ (Gone gone gone / gone with yesterday / gone gone gone /all gone old & gray / Gone, gone, gone /Gone to graveyard play / with spells & / Tombstones Gay!”) January 1997. Photo: c. Richard Nagler, used with permission]Nineteen years ago on this day, Allen’s passing. The two definitive accounts by Rosebud Feliu Pettet and by Gelek Rinpoche can be found – hereHere‘s an additional note, courtesy our good friends at Empty Mirror, and Hammond Guthrie, Allen Ginsberg and Philomene Long Thomas’
Q: You sense any change in the atmosphere when you come out of the (United) States and come to any other country, like Canada)?
AG: There’s a little change in downtown atmosphere, say here (Montreal) , compared to New York, or even Portland, where I was last, because the signs are smaller, there’s less of..no, seriously..there’s less of an intrusion on your nervous system (of your) eyeball nervous system, driving downtown here, (the heaviest part of downtown) than there is driving through a heavy downtown in the (United) States. There’s just less of a claim on your attention.
[“WAR IS BLACK MAGIC/ BELLY FLOWERS TO NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM/ INCLUDE EVERYBODY/ END THE HUMAN WAR/NAME HYPNOSIS FEAR IS THE/ ENEMY- SATAN GO HOME/ I ACCEPT AMERICA AND RED CHINA/ TO THE HUMAN RACE – / MADAM NHU & MAO TSE TUNG/ ARE IN THE SAME BOAT OF MEAT” – Allen Ginsberg, in 1963, in San Francisco, in front of the Palace Hotel, picketing the visit of Madame Nhu (the First Lady of South Vietnam)”]